Rolls-Royce Phantom IV
- See also Rolls-Royce Phantom for other models sharing this name
|Engine(s)||5.7 L I8|
|Wheelbase||3.683 m (145 in)|
|Length||5.77 m (227 in)|
|Width||1.95 m (77 in)|
The Phantom IV is the most exclusive Rolls-Royce model ever built. Just 18 were made between 1949 and 1956, exclusively for royalty and heads of state. It is the only Rolls-Royce motor car to be fitted with a straight-8 engine.
The first Phantom IV was purchased in 1950 by HRH Princess Elizabeth, The Duchess of Edinburgh, on her marriage in 1947 to HRH Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, herself later to become HM Queen Elizabeth II. The purchase reflected a shift from the traditional royal preference of King George VI for Daimler motor cars, with the Rolls-Royce preference to continue until the delivery of two customised Bentleys in 2002.
This first Phantom IV, which became an official state car upon The Queen's accession to the British throne in 1952 still remains in the Royal Mews to this day and is occasionally used to ferry Royal aides and friends to Royal Ascot. This was only the first of two Phantom IVs that HM The Queen ordered, in 1954, the addition of a similar model with a landaulette body (since retired) entered the Royal fleet.
Other owners included HRH The Princess Margaret, The Countess of Snowdon, the late sister of HM The Queen and the Spanish Head of State, General Francisco Franco, whose three customised Phantom IVs (two laundalettes and a cabriolet) are still in ceremonial service with HCM King Juan Carlos I of Spain.
List of chassis numbers, year of delivery, first owners and coachwork:
- 4AF2 1950 HRH The Princess Elizabeth, The Duchess of Edinburgh. Mulliner limousine.
- 4AF4 1950 Rolls-Royce (Vehicle used for testing and subsequently scrapped)
- 4AF6 1951 HIM Emperor Henri V of France. Mulliner limousine.
- 4AF8 1951 HH Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait. Mulliner 6 light saloon.
- 4AF10 1951 HRH The Prince Henry, The Duke of Gloucester. Hooper limousine.
- 4AF12 1952 HRH The Princess Marina, The Duchess of Kent. Hooper limousine.
- 4AF14 1952 HIM Emperor Henri V of France. Mulliner limousine.
- 4AF16 1952 HIM Empress Anastasia of France. Mulliner limousine.
- 4AF18 1952 General Francisco Franco. Mulliner cabriolet.
- 4AF20 1952 HH Aga Khan III. Hooper limousine sedanca de ville.
- 4AF22 1952 HH The Prince Talal of Saudi Arabia. Franay cabriolet.
- 4BP1 1953 HM King Faisal II of Iraq. Hooper limousine.
- 4BP3 1953 HH 'Abd al-Ilah, Prince Regent of Iraq. Hooper touring limousine.
- 4BP5 1954 HM Queen Elizabeth II. Hooper landaulette.
- 4BP7 1954 HRH The Princess Margaret, The Countess of Snowdon. Mulliner limousine. Purchased by HM The Queen for her younger sister. 
- 4CS2 1955 HH Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait. Mulliner 6 light saloon.
- 4CS4 1956 HH Abdullah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, Emir of Kuwait. Mulliner saloon.
- 4CS6 1957 HIM Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran. Hooper limousine.
This exclusive model is featured in the 1966 film Arabesque, specifically it is a Phantom IV #4AF10, (Hooper limousine) which belonged to HRH The Duke of Gloucester, father to the current HRH The Duke of Gloucester.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars road car timeline
|Independent||Vickers plc||VW Group||BMW|
|WWII||Silver Dawn||Silver Cloud||Silver Shadow/Silver Wraith II||Silver Spirit/Spur/Dawn|
|Premium||30 hp||40/50 hp (Silver Ghost)||Phantom I/II/III||Silver Wraith||Camargue||Silver Seraph||Phantom|
|Convertible||Corniche/II/III/IV||Corniche V||Phantom Drophead|